WARRIORS ROUND 2 PLAYER RATINGS

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 Plenty of fives, nothing above seven after a pretty dismal all-round Warriors performance in a 34-6 loss to Wests Tigers.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (C): Ran the ball 20 times and toiled tirelessly to try and spark his team, but did not enjoy the latitude the Bulldogs afforded to his. Played a key hand in the Warriors’ only try and was still one of the team’s top two or three players on effort alone. 6.5

2 DAVID FUSITU’A: Two abhorrent defensive reads to gift Corey Thompson a double spoiled his customary excellent work under the high ball and 138 metres from 15 carries. 5

3 PETA HIKU: Threw the last pass for Maumalo’s try but coughed up possession with his next touch in a fairly innocuous outing. 6

4 SOLOMONE KATA: Looked the most likely to break the game open for the Warriors during the first half but barely made an impression after the break. Finished with 12 runs for 105 metres. 6

5 KEN MAUMALO: Muffing a Marshall kick that led to Mahe Fonua’s try was the only black mark against Big Ken’s name. He ran for a team-high 162 metres, scored a fine try for the second week in a row and otherwise handled Fonua well. 7

6 ADAM KEIGHRAN: A harsh reminder for the rookie that the NRL isn’t all 16-point hauls and 40-point wins. A couple of nice early touches were cancelled out by a forward pass and a pair of conceded penalties, while he was barely sighted for the last hour of the match. His one kick went dead, he ran it just three times and missed a team-high six tackles. 5

7 BLAKE GREEN: Struggled to spark the Warriors’ attack and had a day with the boot he’d prefer to forget. With a junior partner alongside him in the halves, the team needs much more from the veteran. 5.5

8 AGNATIUS PAASI: Worked hard for 30 tackles but made just six runs and put a kick in when the Warriors had been awarded six more tackles. 5.5

22 ISSAC LUKE: Barely missed a beat in a strong first-half display but came up with a bad error in the first set of the second half. Made 35 tackles and threw a beautiful pass in the lead-up to the side’s only try. 6.5

10 BUNTY AFOA: Comfortably the Warriors’ best forward with 11 runs for 90 metres and 35 tackles. Has started 2019 in top-shelf form. 7

11 ADAM BLAIR: Excellent in defence and a fairly high involvement in attack, but made just 47 metres and gave away a disappointing penalty. The Warriors are probably better served with Blair in the middle rather than on an edge. 6

12 TOHU HARRIS: Nine runs and 32 tackles in a typically industrious display, but lacked his normal dynamic impact and came up with a crucial drop in the first half when the Warriors were hot on attack. 6

13 LACHLAN BURR: Looked good early and a solid player, but the Warriors are not getting anywhere near the quality or production most NRL teams are getting from their No.13s. Made 27 tackles but had four misses and chalked up just six runs, one of which was accompanied by a handling error. 5

14 JAZZ TEVAGA: Topped the tackle count again with 43, but an unhappy day with the ball in hand courtesy of two errors and just 31 running metres. 5

15 SAM LISONE: Good punch and work-rate off the bench, making 82 metres on eight carries and reeling off 31 tackles in 36 minutes. Could be in judiciary trouble for a crusher tackle. Copped it on Twitter for some reason. 6.5

16 LEESON AH MAU: Another sound showing from the Warriors’ big 2019 recruit, churning through eight runs and 35 tackles (with just one miss). A luxury to bring off the bench. 6.5

17 ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Given 26 minutes off the pine in his comeback from a club-imposed one-game ban, but didn’t do a massive amount with it. Credited with 16 tackles and three runs. 5

 

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